Friday, June 27, 2014

Foregiveness is the vine.

There is not a lot going on in the vineyard right now, just the usual bits and bobs; wayward shoots to stuff, young vines to train and adventitious growth to nip in the bud. 
I still have some replanting to do, however.  A week ago, I drove over to Novavine, a grapevine nursery in Sonoma, to pick up some green-growing Cabernet Sauvignon (clone 337) bench grafts, but I've been a bit too busy to do anything with them.  And now it is forecast to be 100°F, or higher, for the next few days - not exactly ideal planting temperatures.  But in they must go.
Overall, I am happy with the growing season thus far.  Fruit set in all four of Vinoland's grape varieties looks good.  I'm a little surprised at how advanced the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are, despite my almost calamitous timing as to exactly when to begin pruning this year.  Apparently the vines have forgiven me.


New Hampshire Wineman said...

VG: The 337 clone appears to be fairly popular; any special reason you chose that one?

Thud said...

everything had better be spick and span for inspection in 2 weeks time, you had better train them young uns pronto...mine are well trained...well nearly.

Do Bianchi said...

natura ignoscit

a new aphorism?

Vinogirl said...

NHW: Yes, it's quite popular here in Napa and, of course, in it's Bordeaux home. Primary consideration was that because it is a French clone it might fully ripen in chilly Coombsville.

Thud: If you haven't trained them, Auntie Vinogirl will give them a crash course in viticulture.

2B: Latin is great: you can see the origin of pardon in "ignoscit" - so please ignore my silly puns.

About Last Weekend said...

Looks really healthy and green to my untrained eye. Someone gave me a vine for indoors but kevin did not water while I was away, they make the grooviest indoor plants because they just grow all over the show

Vinogirl said...

ALW: My grandfather used to grow anything he could from seeds or cuttings, anything. One year he grew a grapevine from seed and I remember it climbing around the inside of the spare bedroom window. And yes, it was quite fetching :)